Thursday, September 3, 2015

Blog Tour (Review): Little Robot by Ben Hatke #Giveaway @MacKidsBooks @01FirstSecond #kidlit #littlerobot

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Welcome to my stop on the review tour for Little Robot by Ben Hatke! I'm very excited to share my thoughts on the book with you, especially because I was able to read this with my daughter. There is also a giveaway provided by our friends at First Second Books!

Title: Little Robot
Ben Hatke
Publisher: First Second (Macmillian)
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Acquired Via:

When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad robots are coming to collect the little guy for nefarious purposes, and it's all up to a five-year-old armed only with a wrench and a fierce loyalty to her mechanical friend to save the day!

New York Times Bestselling author Ben Hatke brings his signature sweetness to a simple, moving story about friendship and overcoming fears that will appeal to readers of all ages.

My Review

I could review Little Robot like I normally do, but instead I'll tell you about my little girl's reaction to it. I have an eight year old daughter who is still trying to love reading. She doesn't read often, and she is very particular about what she will pick up. That being said, I had to pry Little Robot out of her hands so I could finally read it.

When I first started reading Little Robot, I noticed that it did not have a lot of words. I assumed that was why my daughter enjoyed reading the book, but that was only part of it. I had her sit down with me so we could look at it together, and she started telling me the story with her own words. Since she was familiar with the story and the frames, she turned the book into a Robot Cinderella Story because the little robot loses his foot at one point. The little girl is the hero and the fixer, and we both dug that idea very, very much.

The illustrations in Little Robot are brightly colored, descriptive, and exciting. They are so well done that there is not any real need for text. This kind of book is perfect for reluctant readers because, as I said before, they can make up their own stories to go with pictures, and there are no difficult words. Little Robot is so fun to look at that we both have gone back to it a few times.

Little Robot was a really fun read, and I'm sure that it will be pulled down from the bookshelf many times in the future. If you're looking for a lovely and imaginative graphic novel to read by yourself or with someone you love, Little Robot won't disappoint you.

- 4/5 Stars -

Buy Links
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About the Author

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel trilogy and the picture book Julia's House for Lost Creatures. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters. His latest book is Little Robot.

Find Ben Online
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Blog Tour Schedule

August 31st
Read Now Sleep Later

September 1st
Teen Lit Rocks

September 2nd
Cherry Blossoms and Maple Syrup

September 3rd
Bibliophilia, Please

September 4th
The Book Monsters

September 5th
Fly to Fiction

September 6th
Bumbles & Fairy Tales

September 7th
Stacked Books

September 8th
Ex Libris Kate

September 9th
The Book Rat

September 10th
Working for the Mandroid

September 11th
Heise Reads

September 12th
The Hiding Spot

September 13th

September 14th


As I said before, thanks to our friends at First Second and Macmillan, I have a copy of Little Robot up for grabs for one lucky winner. All you have to do is fill out the little Rafflecopter form below.

Ends at 12:01am CST on September 15th

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Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour!

To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a copy of the novel from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All expressed opinions are awesome, honest, and courtesy of me.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September is for Sequels Giveaway Hop #2 (INT) #yalit #firewalker

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Welcome to my stop on the September is for Sequels Giveaway Hop hosted by the wonderful Lisa at Lisa Loves Literature. Since I'm reading the sequel to Trial by Fire right now and loving it, I thought I would share it with you guys. Plus, it's Firewalker's book birthday today!

What You Can Win

Title: Firewalker (The Worldwalker Trilogy #2)
Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillian)
Release Date: September 1, 2015

I'm a Witch and Witches burn.

Lily is back in her own universe, and she's ready to relax with Rowan. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape, and must hide her magic for the safety of the world, but compared to fighting the monstrous Woven and leading armies in the alternate Salem, life is looking good.

You think I'm a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can't persuade Lily to return to her world, she'll have to find a way to
make her come back.

Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!


@GriffinTeen Has a New Look & New #Sweepstakes! #backtoschool #makeover

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When I woke up this morning, I noticed that one of my favorite publishers had some new bright and shiny going on. Once I checked my email, I knew why.

The new school year means a whole new wardrobe. Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Griffin Teen got a brand new look!

Newly updated, we now have a beautiful website featuring some of our favorite and up-and-coming titles and a very convenient way to sign up for the Griffin Teen Newsletter!

Here is one of the pictures from the Facebook page, that was unveiled today:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Blog Tour (Review): The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie (ARC) #giveaway #historicalfiction #TLCBookTours @AtriaBooks


Title: The Sisters of Versailles (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy #1)
Sally Christie
Publisher: Atria (Simon & Schuster)
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Acquired Via: TLC Book Tours

A sumptuous and sensual tale of power, romance, family, and betrayal centered around four sisters and one King. Carefully researched and ornately detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an exciting new historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, France’s most “well-beloved” monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed.

Goodness, but sisters are a thing to fear.

Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters—Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne—four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail.

Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot—and women—forward. The King’s scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters—sweet, na├»ve Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne—will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power.

In the tradition of The Other Boleyn Girl, The Sisters of Versailles is a clever, intelligent, and absorbing novel that historical fiction fans will devour. Based on meticulous research on a group of women never before written about in English, Sally Christie’s stunning debut is a complex exploration of power and sisterhood—of the admiration, competition, and even hatred that can coexist within a family when the stakes are high enough.

My Review

As most of you know, I love and adore, and love some more, historical fiction. The Sisters of Versailles is my very favorite sort of historical fiction because it's about real people and has a little bit of romance. It reads more like a diary than a fictionalized account (though I'm sure it is) similar to what Philippa Gregory writes.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Audiobook Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente #giveaway


Title: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1)
Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
Narrator: Catherynne M. Valente
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Acquired Via:
Personal Collection

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn't . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan,
Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when author Catherynne M. Valente first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

My Review

I've been meaning to read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making for years, but I've kept putting it off. I have owned copies on and off over the years. I truly believe the time was right when I finally did read it because The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland was exactly what I needed. I am in no way exaggerating when I tell you that when it comes to adventures in a magical land, it's right up there with The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blog Tour (Guest Post): #ChasingSecrets by Gennifer Choldenko #giveaway #historicalfiction @randomhousekids

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Title: Chasing Secrets
Gennifer Choldenko
Publisher: Wendy Lambe Books (Penguin Random House)
Release Date: August 4, 2015

Newbery Honor–winning author Gennifer Choldenko deftly combines humor, tragedy, fascinating historical detail, and a medical mystery in this exuberant new novel.

San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people . . . but not thirteen-year-old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow’s snobby school for girls. Lizzie’s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing-school girls. Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father. On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city—a side that’s full of secrets, rats, and rumors of the plague.

The newspapers, her powerful uncle, and her beloved papa all deny that the plague has reached San Francisco. So why is the heart of the city under quarantine? Why are angry mobs trying to burn Chinatown to the ground? Why is Noah, the Chinese cook’s son, suddenly making Lizzie question everything she has known to be true? Ignoring the rules of race and class, Lizzie and Noah must put the pieces together in a heart-stopping race to save the people they love.

Guest Post

One of the best things about writing for kids is I get to read books I love to read and that fascinate my characters. I picked up a nonfiction book about rats partly for Jimmy Mattaman from the Al Capone books and partly because I’m partial to quirky facts. While reading Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants, I discovered there was a plague outbreak in San Francisco in 1900. I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay area most of my adult life, and I’d never heard of a plague outbreak here, so I immediately became interested.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Library of Souls #STAYPECULIAR Tour Information & #Giveaway!

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Did you see Ransom Riggs's tour announcement? If not, he's headed out on a 5-city LIBRARY OF SOULS #STAYPECULIAR TOUR visiting NYC, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Each event will have surprises and awesome guests. And since Ransom's only visiting 5-cities and not everyone lives close by, Quirk is running a sweepstakes for a chance to win a VIP trip to see Ransom at one of his tour cities! (How exciting is that?!) It's an easy sweepstakes to enter, peculiarize yourself, post it on Instagram, Twitter, etc. with #staypeculiar, and share your link with Quirk at www.quirkbooks.com/los.

The Tour

The Book

Title: Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)
Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: September 22, 2015

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.

Buy Links
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Google Play | iTunes | Kobo

About the Author

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blog Tour (Review & #Giveaway): #TheUninvited by Cat Winters #historicalfiction #TLCBookTours #BibPleaseReview


Title: The Uninvited
Cat Winters
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (HarperCollins)
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Acquired Via: TLC Book Tours

Twenty-five-year-old Ivy Rowan rises from her sickbed after being struck by the great influenza epidemic of 1918, only to discover that the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.

But Ivy's lifelong gift—or curse—remains. She sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked for and unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918, Ivy sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother's chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death in the Great War of Ivy's other brother, Billy.

Horrified, she leaves home and soon realizes that the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for today, because they could be stricken by nightfall. She even enters into a relationship with the murdered German man's brother, Daniel Schendel. But as her "uninvited guests" begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once again, and terrifying secrets will unfold.

My Review

I know I've said before that I tend to avoid American historical fiction when I'm choosing my reading materials, but I had no problem with picking up The Uninvited by Cat Winters because I enjoyed her writing in her debut, In the Shadow of Blackbirds. The writing in The Uninvited was just as good, if not better, because putting the book down and doing other things (like work) made me pretty angry.